Definition of Disability Accommodations

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Present a brief, accessible definition of what accommodations are in relation to disability and students with disability

Reading time: approximately 2.5 minutes, not including videos.

The Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) is a provincial law that asserts that persons with disabilities in Ontario have the right to be free from discrimination in higher education. This includes the right to access equal opportunities and meet learning requirements available to all students, including in mandatory and optional clinical placements.

The Code states that universities and colleges have a duty to accommodate students with disabilities. This duty to accommodate means that the university and its employees have to listen to  students’ requests for accommodation and work cooperatively with them to find a solution that meets their needs.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to make their accommodation needs known to their supervisor/academic director as soon as possible.
  • The student does not need to share their diagnosis, but their supervisor/academic director is permitted to know about the student’s disability-related needs in order to accommodate them.
  • Personal information is to be kept confidential under the law.
  • The university is required to pay for the accommodations.

Accommodations give persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to apply and interview for clinical placement and to perform the essential requirements of the placement in a meaningful, inclusive and barrier free-way.

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